Hannah Ostrem

Hannah is Pulsara's Vice President of Marketing. She holds a master's degree in both Business Administration and Neuroscience, and a bachelor's degree in Psychology, which she uses to analyze and interpret the peculiar behaviors of the rest of the Pulsara marketing team.

Hannah Ostrem

Hannah Ostrem

Hannah is Pulsara's Vice President of Marketing. She holds a master's degree in both Business Administration and Neuroscience, and a bachelor's degree in Psychology, which she uses to analyze and interpret the peculiar behaviors of the rest of the Pulsara marketing team.

Recent posts by Hannah Ostrem

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What Do Medics Think About Community Paramedicine?

By Hannah Ostrem on Oct 20, 2021

On March 2, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report detailing trends in the utilization of Emergency Department services between 2009 and 2018. Between 2009 and 2016, ED rates slowly but steadily increased. During the COVID-19 pandemic, ED volume rates have trended down, but the number of people needing care has not changed. And during COVID surges, open beds have become a precious commodity. 

The increased demand on medical providers' time and resources has been met with a particularly intriguing solution involving a newer model of care: community paramedicine.

Topics: EMS
5 min read

Teamwork & Communication Impact Patient Outcomes. Here's the Evidence.

By Hannah Ostrem on Aug 06, 2021

It's difficult to have a healthy team dynamic without good communication. 

But in healthcare, a positive team dynamic isn't the only thing depending on good communication. One retrospective analysis found that communication and teamwork issues were among the most frequent contributing factors to incident reports and adverse events. In fact, one report in the analysis showed that 30% of all surgical procedures included a communication failure. On top of that, 36% of those failures caused delays in treatment time, errors in the surgical procedure, or tension among the care team.

For patients, that's a significant impact on the quality of their care experience. Delays and errors can mean complications, a longer stay in the hospital, and an even longer road to healing. 

Topics: Communication Connected Teams
3 min read

PRESS RELEASE: Healthcare Communication Platform, Pulsara, Announces Release of FREE COVID-19 Management Package

By Hannah Ostrem on Mar 15, 2020

Pulsara’s COVID-19 package enables networked communication (including HIPAA-compliant live video and messaging) across organizations at no charge.

March 15, 2020


Bozeman, Mont — Pulsara announced today that they have released a COVID-19 management package available to all EMS and healthcare organizations in the United States for free.

“With confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 cases on the rise in the U.S., we know that many EMS and healthcare organizations are rapidly preparing for the management of this crisis within their communities,” said Pulsara Founder and CEO, Dr. James Woodson. “Inter-organization communication has never been more important than it is right now. In this time of need, we are fortunate to be able to serve.”

Topics: Press Connected Teams COVID-19 Inter-Organization Communication
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PRESS RELEASE: Pulsara Expands Free Pulsara ONE Package Functionality to Include All Referring Healthcare Organizations

By Hannah Ostrem on Mar 12, 2020

Pulsara's free communication package includes live video streaming and enables networked communication for any healthcare organization.

March 12, 2020

Bozeman, Mont — The healthcare communication platform company, Pulsara, announced today that they are expanding their Pulsara ONE package, and that it will now be offered at no cost to all referring facilities. Effective immediately, Pulsara ONE enables live streaming video, consult, and transfer capabilities for any referring facilities, including EMS organizations, hospitals, nursing homes, physician offices, rehab centers, and urgent care facilities among others. The expansion of Pulsara ONE is an effort to further realize the company’s mission to unite and empower people to improve health by simplifying care coordination.

Topics: Press
1 min read

Arkansas Healthcare System Uses New Communication Approach to Improve STEMI Patient Outcomes [Case Study]

By Hannah Ostrem on Mar 06, 2020

Saint Mary’s Regional Health System is a Joint-Commission-accredited Level III Trauma Center, located in Russellville, Arkansas. The 170-bed hospital has delivered care to the River Valley community for the past 90 years, and alongside Pope County EMS since 1967.

Saint Mary’s and Pope County EMS have a long-standing relationship built on a shared value of putting patients first. As the only hospital and EMS agency serving their region, they together perform emergency response for 28,000 patients annually.

Topics: STEMI EMS Communication Connected Teams Systems of Care Customer Success
1 min read

What Does Innovative Communication Mean to You?

By Hannah Ostrem on Feb 24, 2020

At Pulsara, our purpose is to improve the lives of patients and caregivers through innovative communication. For us, that means delivering a platform that standardizes communication for ALL teams involved in patient care including prehospital providers like EMS, urgent care centers, nursing homes, critical access hospitals, and other referring facilities, teams within the destination hospital, and teams who need to communicate between healthcare organizations in cases that require a consult or transfer.

Topics: Connected Teams Systems of Care
4 min read

Miami Valley Hospital Improves Stroke Care Processes With Innovative Pulsara and RapidAI Integration

By Hannah Ostrem on Feb 20, 2020


The health system is the first in the world to combine the advanced cerebrovascular imaging software, RapidAI, and Pulsara's secure mobile communication platform to improve stroke treatment processes

BOZEMAN, Mont.Feb. 20, 2020 Pulsara, the leading healthcare communication platform that connects teams across organizations, announced today the publication of a case study featuring Miami Valley Hospital, a comprehensive stroke center in Dayton, Ohio which is part of the Premier Health hospital system. The case study examines the success the hospital has achieved from integrating two innovative technologies to improve stroke treatment processes and speed communications for the condition.

Topics: Press Customer Success
2 min read

Texas Wellness Center Innovates to Improve Population Health

By Hannah Ostrem on Jan 31, 2020

Last month, Pulsara was featured in a follow-up piece to an article published in the Longview News Journal, which described the innovative way healthcare teams in Longview, Texas are using the platform to benefit mental health patients. This new use case reduces hurdles these patients must overcome in order to see a mental health professional in times of crisis:

Topics: Connected Teams Community Paramedicine Consult Customer Success
1 min read

New AHA Algorithm Encourages ED Pre-Activation and Direct-to-Cath-Lab Protocols

By Hannah Ostrem on Jan 23, 2020

In emergency conditions like STEMI, patient outcomes depend heavily on the time between onset of symptoms to definitive treatment. As such, clinicians should make every effort possible to reduce any delays during that period. 

To that aim, an algorithm developed by the American Heart Association, and published earlier this week, establishes a standardized process which encourages pre-activation of the ED and determines when direct-to-cath-lab protocols are appropriate.

Topics: STEMI Connected Teams Systems of Care
1 min read

Overlake Medical Center Reduces Time to Thrombectomy by 39 Minutes

By Hannah Ostrem on Jan 17, 2020

Overlake Medical Center is a Certified Joint Commission Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center in the Seattle, WA area. Recently, they posted an article detailing an inspiring stroke survival story. The article also discusses the Overlake's recent efforts to improve treatment times for stroke patients: 

"Overlake’s stroke program has received numerous awards over the years, reflecting its commitment to providing patients the latest technologies and innovative treatments. Staying true to that commitment, the hospital recently implemented use of a smartphone app called Pulsara that mobilizes the stroke care team with a single tap.

Topics: Stroke Connected Teams Customer Success
1 min read

Technology and Data are Key to Transforming Stroke Care [TED Talk]

By Hannah Ostrem on Jan 03, 2020

Dr. Brijesh Mehta is a Neurointerventional Surgeon, currently practicing at Memorial Neuroscience Center in Hollywood, FL. He recently gave a TED talk describing how his teams have leveraged new research, technology, and data to improve stroke care and give patients better outcomes. 

In the talk, Dr. Mehta describes how large vessel occlusion stroke (LVO) is "like a wildfire in the brain." He also says there used to be little we could do to stop the devastating effects, but now, thanks to new technologies and procedures such as thrombectomy, patients are regaining functionality and leaving the hospital much sooner than they had in the past.

Topics: Stroke EMS Systems of Care
1 min read

12 Steps for Developing Your Community Paramedicine Program [FLYER]

By Hannah Ostrem on Dec 27, 2019

1. Plan To Plan 
2. Assess Program Feasibility
3. Assess Community Health Needs

Those are three of the first steps needed to develop a new Community Paramedicine (CP) program. Researching resources needed, outlining a work plan, identifying key players and whose buy-in is needed, and concluding whether a given community has needs for a CP program and would receive it well are just a few of the early things to consider.

Topics: Community Paramedicine
1 min read

What Do You Need to Know About Community Paramedicine? Find Out Right Here.

By Hannah Ostrem on Dec 19, 2019

Earlier this week, Flight Paramedic, Kris Kaull and Community Paramedicine Advisor, Anne Montera, MHL, BSN, RN, discussed the increasingly important topic of Community Paramedicine (CP) in a webinar hosted by EMS1.

Specifically, they discussed WHY CP programs are an initiative worth considering, case studies that explained some of the benefits patients and communities have reaped from implementation of such a program, barriers that must be overcome when implementing a CP program, and next steps for those interested in Community Paramedicine.

Topics: Community Paramedicine
1 min read

Study Shows 75% of EMS Personnel Believe Communities Would Be in Favor of Community Paramedicine

By Hannah Ostrem on Dec 13, 2019

Community Paramedicine (CP) programs can reduce the number of patients who are transported to the ED, thereby reducing the burden on both transport ambulances and ED staff, while simultaneously improving the patient experience by reducing wait times.

Topics: Community Paramedicine
2 min read

Interoperability is Key to Connecting Care Teams

By Hannah Ostrem on Dec 11, 2019

As our processes and equipment in EMS continue to evolve, they empower first responders to provide better care for patients. But in order to provide the BEST care, our communication technologies must also evolve and keep pace. 

If you’ve ever felt the frustration of having to repeat the radio report for the umpteenth time, or worse, watched harm reach your patient because of a simple miscommunication, picture this instead:

Topics: Connected Teams Interoperability
6 min read

Can Your Hospital Relate to These Communication Frustrations?

By Hannah Ostrem on Dec 09, 2019



Your hospital team receives a radio report from the local EMS service.

"We are on our way with KCCFPPPTHHH patient."

"Sorry, what??"

"We are coming in with a STEMI patient. ETA KCCFPPPTHHH..."

Didn't catch that. Oh well. Time to notify the rest of the team. Your unit clerk starts the process of trying to contact each member of the cardiac team. This takes her so long that before she's heard back from even half of them...

Topics: Miscommunication Systems of Care
1 min read

A Pulsara Stroke Case Demo

By Hannah Ostrem on Dec 02, 2019

When our care teams are all on the same page, communication is seamless, and treatment times are reduced, ultimately improving quality of care. How you can leverage the Pulsara communication platform to connect your care teams—whether in your organization or dispersed across many organizations?

Topics: Stroke Communication Systems of Care
1 min read

Miami Valley Hospital Featured on News for Pulsara and RAPID Integration

By Hannah Ostrem on Nov 08, 2019

Miami Valley Hospital, part of Premier Health, was recently featured on the news for their implementation of both the RAPID stroke imaging platform and Pulsara's communication platform. 

"When patients come in to the hospital after having a stroke, there's a lot of information that needs to get collected, and a lot of people are part of the team that collects that information," said Dr. John Terry, Director of Inpatient Stroke Care at Premier Health. "Pulsara allows all those people to be able to communicate and know what everyone else is doing at the same time." Dr. Terry says that that transparency and ease of communication has changed the hospital's stroke treatment protocols in a "very beneficial way."

Topics: Stroke Connected Teams Interoperability
1 min read

A Pulsara STEMI Case Demo

By Hannah Ostrem on Oct 31, 2019

Pulsara is a communication platform that connects teams across organizations. Want to see how it works? While the demo video below focuses on a STEMI case started by EMS, STEMI is only one of the many conditions your teams can use Pulsara for. Additionally, care teams can start a case on Pulsara in the ED for walk in patients, from anywhere else in the facility for inpatients, and can use the platform to manage interfacility transfers.

Topics: STEMI
3 min read

What Matters Most to EMS Crews? A Roundtable Discussion

By Hannah Ostrem on Oct 25, 2019

Topics: EMS Healthcare Regional Systems of Care